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Phoenix Suns to Play Toronto Raptors in Vancouver

Monday, July 19th, 2010 — 6:47pm PDT
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September 29, 2010: This post has been promoted to the front page of Miss604 to announce the new contest. Details are below.

The Toronto Raptors are playing a pre-season exhibition game this fall hosting Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns. It will be exciting to see professional basketball return to Rogers Arena, which was originally the home of the Vancouver’s NBA team, the Grizzlies, back in the teal-covered 90s.

Suns Girl
Photo credit: Keira-Anne on Flickr

From CBC News: “The contest will also be a homecoming of sorts for Raptors head coach Jay Triano, who played his college basketball at Simon Fraser and later returned to coach there. And it will be an opportunity for Triano to face Nash, who Triano coached with Canada’s Olympic basketball program and formed a bond with… …Triano said the Raptors will start training camp in Toronto but the club expects to hold a portion of its pre-season preparations in B.C.”

The game will be played October 6, 2010 and if you’re looking for an excuse to grab a ticket and cheer on the Suns, Keira’s got 10 good reasons right here. Keira’s arguably the biggest Phoenix Suns fan you’ll find in Vancouver and as such, she’s already confirmed her presence at the game where she’ll be live-tweeting the action.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, July 24th through Ticketmaster.

Update September 29th, 2010 Thanks to the folks at Movember and NBA Canada I have two tickets for the game to give away.

About Movember: The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember. Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for prostate cancer. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.

Here’s how you can enter to win the tickets:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • RT to enter to win #Suns v #Raptors tix from #NBACanada @Movember & @Miss604

    I will draw one winner from comments and entries (received after this update) at 12:00pm Monday October 4th.

    Update The winner is Ian Yeung – have fun at the game!

    Current contests on


    1. Charles says:

      Nash is gonna light it up vs. Toronto.

    2. Crystal says:

      Wow! This will be an amazing game to watch!

    3. Riccia says:

      I would love to take my friend for her bday!!!!! πŸ™‚

    4. Mike says:

      Good to have basketball action in Vancouver again! And having Nash and the Raptors playing here will definitely inspire more people to join the sport, and maybe lead to having another NBA team here!

    5. Holly says:

      So fun!! Thanks for the opportunity!

    6. Rob says:

      Would love a chance to see the NBA in Van! (again..! )

    7. LB says:

      Never been to a live basketball game!

    8. Maria says:

      I have been trying to get tickets for my boyfriend’s birthday … he is from Ontario, huge Raptors fan … and has never seen them live. I wan to win! πŸ˜€ Plus it would be my first time at an NBA game as well! WOO!!

    9. Sunny says:

      This is a special event for basketball in BC. I would love to attend.

    10. Parker says:

      This would be such an awesome night – basketball in Vancouver!!!

    11. Richard W. says:

      NBA back in Vancouver again….if for only one night! Should be a great night of basketball!

    12. Alyson says:

      Basketball played in Vancouver. It’s been a long time since that’s happened!

    13. Megan says:

      STEVE NASH!!!!

    14. Alakitten says:

      Sounds Like a Good Time πŸ™‚

    15. T King says:

      gotta love Nash!

    16. I’d like to try to win these, if possible!

    17. Shawn says:

      October 6th is my birthday. This would make a great present.

    18. Katie says:

      I met Steve Nash back in 2004 or so in Victoria. Nicest guy ever with a big heart he throws into his charity work. Lots of respect for him.

    19. chico sousa says:

      Basketball on this level is so missed in Vancouver!

    20. Jane says:

      Great event to bring to Rogers Arena! My hubby would be very happy if I won these!

    21. Eli says:

      A transplanted Raptors fan, this would be awesome.

    22. Erica says:

      This would be awesome! I haven’t been to a B-ball game since the Grizzlies were in Vancouver. I miss having a team here… but tickets to a one-night event would also be a welcome solution. πŸ™‚

    23. Marissa says:

      this is the perfect perfect anniversary gift for my boyfriend.

    24. Darren says:

      I’d love to see the game, I still miss the Grizzlies!

    25. Joe says:

      Wow, I never had a chance to watch the NBA here in Vancouver. This would be so awesome.

    26. Kathy says:

      I miss basketball in Vancouver. I went to a some Grizzlies games before and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. Watching Steve Nash in action would be awesome.

    27. Lana says:

      I played basketball as a kid. plus i’m unemployed???

    28. Donald says:

      Bring back the Grizzlies!

    29. Ian Yeung says:

      I so wanna win this!!!!

    30. David says:

      I like watching the NBA more than the NHL, so I look forward to seeing an NBA game again in Vancouver.

    31. Bonnie says:

      I’ve never been to an NBA game. Would love to see one. R.I.P. Grizzlies. Would have been nice for the Grizzlies to have worked out, but Vancouver is a hockey city.

    32. Deep says:

      nash is fire!

    33. Hetesh T says:

      Please…. Fingers Crossed

    34. Steph S says:

      This sounds great!

    35. don says:

      yes please

    36. Linda says:

      Fingers crossed!

    37. Marissa says:

      I would love to get the chance to watch this basketball game!

    38. Amy says:

      I want to win the tickets to watch the basketball game!!! YAAA NASH!!!

    39. anthony says:

      I cant wait for this game!!! I hope I get tix!!

    40. Kelly Man says:

      Woot Nash coming back home for a game vs the raptors. I wonder if malhotra is going to be there too

    41. Michael says:

      Good luck everyone awesome contest!

    42. John says:

      I’ve yet to watch a nba game live ! This would awesome ! Nonetheless, great contest !

    43. Kim says:

      Steve Nash is awesome. What a great Canadian representing! Would love to see him play!

    44. kath says:

      a great alternative event to all the VIFF around town. not that I don’t love VIFF but…watching live always beats bigscreen IMO

    45. Kay says:

      I agree…bring back the Grizzlies!

    46. Dennis says:

      Hair Canada in action. Would love to go!

    47. Ceci says:

      The game sounds awesome! It’d be a fabulous event to go to with my basketball nut of a dad! πŸ˜€

    48. maria says:

      I miss basketball in Vancouver. I loved it when we had the Grizzlies. I totally think they should bring back a basketball team! I would love to win these tix!!!!!

    49. Alex says:

      Sounds like it’s going to be a great event!

    50. Susan says:

      My Dad is sick he has alzheimer’s. This October he will have been in a carehome for 1 year. He is only 61. He started losing his memory at 48. My mom has lost her husband. My mom is in LOVE with Steve Nash. It kinda grosses me out as I went to junior high with Steve and played basketball with him….She is 65. Let me take her to watch him play. Old girl’s deserve thrills too!

    51. JC says:

      sign me up for this!

    52. Lyn says:

      Ever since I saw Harlem Globe trotters play in Vancouver, I’ve been a baskeetball fan.
      Ilook forward to seeing the game.

    53. Sam says:

      Ever since I saw Harlem Globe trotters play in Vancouver, I’ve been a baskeetball fan.
      Ilook forward to seeing the game.

    54. Adam says:

      NBA is very cool. I think it will be an exciting game to watch.

      I like to support Steve Nash and all the good charity work he does.

    55. Hannah says:

      I am from Toronto, and it would be great to see a Raptors game once again.

    56. ashlee says:

      i’ll go πŸ™‚

    57. Daniella says:

      This game is going to be AWESOME!! I would be honored to go!!


    58. Ed says:

      Nash is a fantastic role model for young and old alike. Would love to take my son to the game!

    59. Cameron W. says:

      I’d love to win. I could take my girlfriend to her first and only NBA game.

    60. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to an NBA game. Would love to go!

    61. Masey says:

      The Mo may very well get a run from me this year. God help you all! Cover your eyes! πŸ˜›

    62. Alissa says:

      I’ve never been to an NBA game. Would loooove to go!

    63. Dina A says:


      I have never been to a pro NBA game and would love to experience it!!!



    64. Kym says:

      count me in! my dad would love this!! πŸ˜€

    65. Kristina says:

      Would love to win tickets! Miss having basketball in Vancouver…

    66. Nate says:

      Stevie is gonna own!!!

    67. Ron K. says:

      Went to the Grizzly games back in the day. Would like to be back in the stands watching a game again.

    68. Danielle says:


    69. smoboy says:

      NBA back in Vancouver! If only the Grizzlies had the foresight to draft Steve Nash. What could have been…?

    70. Amy says:

      aw would love to take my boyfriend to the game!! πŸ™‚

    71. JDdudra says:

      This is going to be awesome!

    72. Carlos says:

      Looking forward to Movember again. 3rd year running!

    73. mattuzzi says:

      Nash is god!

    74. Ava says:

      I’ve never been to a Basketball game, it’d be great to watch!

    75. Virginia says:

      i looooovvvvve basketball
      its the greatest sport of them all
      it’s great to watch in the fall
      after buying a PHX SUNS jersey at the mall
      wanna hear something thats fun
      seeing steve nash and the phx suns!!
      i love me some nba
      and i would love to see phx play
      i wish had a chance to go
      so im writing this comment you knooow (:

    76. Ryan B. says:

      NBA MVP, actor, comedian, fitness guru, filmmaker … Steve Nash can do it all!! Must be because he is Canadian πŸ™‚

    77. Tracey Flattes says:

      Fun…haven’t been to a game in a while!

    78. Akemi says:

      Would love to go to this game!

    79. neal says:

      I’m excited to have NBA Basketball back in Vancouver. Thanks for the chance for tickets.

    80. Roop says:

      I once snuck into Gate 9 at old GM place to meet with the grizzlies when they were leaving the building, and ran into Big Countries parents. I told them to make sure they fed him gumbo during the off-season. Next year he came into camp 40 lbs over-weight. PS. Go Nash Go!

    81. Hardev says:

      I haven’t seen a basket ball game since Grizzlies season 1!!! I would love to go!!!

    82. Adam says:

      Got to cheer for my hometown team. Go Raps!!!

    83. stephen b says:

      I would love to wn tckets to this I have not seen an NBA game since teh grizzlies left us!

    84. Jeaniney says:

      ya! Live basketball! my fave!

    85. lori davis says:

      Go #PhoenixSuns Welcome home Nash Bringing BBall back 2 the city :))

    86. Karey says:

      Wish that Vancouver still had a team! I arrived a few years too late to witness the Grizzlies.

    87. Chris says:

      Sweet! I gotta get tickets to this. Thanks for the contest!

    88. E.Tang says:

      Thanks for the opportunity, would like seeing an NBA game.

    89. Lorraine says:

      Feels like I’ve been waiting forever for the 2010-11 NBA season to start!

    90. Jeff says:

      It would be sweat to see some B-ball in Vancouver again, plus having Nash play at his”home” is cool to!

    91. Ryan says:

      Would love to go! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a B-ball game in Vancouver. Thanks!

    92. Katie says:

      You are so kind to give away the bball tickets!
      I will spread the word about “Movember”


    93. ruby says:

      I wud luv 2 take my sis as an early bday gift! Thx for the opportunity!

    94. Katie says:

      Would absolutely love to go!!

    95. Jeff says:

      I ran into JT back when he used to do colour for the Grizz. Nice guy, and knows a lot about basketball.

    96. Sonia Ejtehadian says:

      My bf is a basketball fanatic! I would love to win this for him πŸ˜€

    97. Sanaz says:

      Would love to see this game live!

    98. Lyndsey says:

      I’ve never been to a professional NBA game of any kind, but would love to!! I was a point guard in high school, so I still hold a place in my heart for the game. This would be great to see!

    99. S. Field says:

      We used to go see the Grizzlies play – too bad more people didn’t give them a chance while they were here because professional basketball is a great show! Would love to see a live game in Vancouver again.

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